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|Centuries:||10th century – 11th century – 12th century|
|Decades:||1020s 1030s 1040s – 1050s – 1060s 1070s 1080s|
|Years:||1050 1051 1052 1053 1054 1055 1056 1057 1058 1059|
|Categories:||Births – Deaths
Establishments – Disestablishments
This is a list of events occurring in the 1050s, ordered by year.
- Leofric becomes Bishop of Exeter.
- Hedeby is sacked by King Harald Hardråde of Norway during the course of a conflict with Sweyn II of Denmark.
- Swedish forces attack Finland.
- Upon the death of Anund Jacob, he is succeeded by his brother Emund the Old as king of Sweden.
- King Macbeth of Scotland makes a pilgrimage to Rome.
- The brewery of Weltenburg Abbey is first mentioned, thus making it one of the oldest still operating breweries in the world.
- Godwin, Earl of Wessex, is exiled from England by King Edward the Confessor for refusing to take action against the townspeople of Dover. He returns the following year.
- Hilarion of Kiev becomes the first native metropolitan of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Kievan Rus.
- May 19 – Henry I of France marries Anne of Kiev at the cathedral of Reims.
- William of Normandy fights for his life and crown in Normandy.
- Godwin, Earl of Wessex returns to England from exile.
- June 18 – Battle of Civitate: 3,000 Norman horsemen of Humphrey of Hauteville, Count of Apulia and Calabria, rout the combined troops of Pope Leo IX and the Holy Roman Emperor.
- Byodo-in, Uji, Kyoto, is built (Heian period; approximate date).
- Jōchō sculpts Amida Buddha for the Byōdō-in temple (Heian period; approximate date).
- February – Battle of Mortemer: The Normans defeat a French army as it is caught pillaging and plundering. King Henry I of France withdraws his main army from Normandy as a result.
- April 30 – Rosdalla, Kilbeggan Ireland: Earliest known European tornado.
- July 4 – The SN 1054 supernova is recorded by the Chinese, Arab and possibly Native Americans near the star ζ Tauri. For 23 days it remains bright enough to be seen in daylight. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula (NGC 1952).
- July 16 – Cardinal Humbertus, a representative of the newly deceased Pope Leo IX, and Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, decree each other excommunicated. Most historians look to this act as the final step in the initiation of the Great Schism between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian Churches. In 1965, those excommunications are rescinded by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras when they meet in the Second Vatican Council. However, to this day each church claims to be the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church and each denies the other's right to that name. (See East-West Schism)
- July 27 – Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan. Macbeth is defeated at Dunsinane.
- Lý Nhật Tôn, third king of the Lý Dynasty, begins to rule in Vietnam and changes the country's official name to Đại Việt.
- January 11 – Theodora becomes reigning empress of the Byzantine Empire.
- October 24 – Ralph the Timid is defeated by the Welsh.
- Beginning of the campaign of Ferdinand I of Castile against al-Andalus. The king conquers Seia from the Christian allies of the muslim taifas. In a drive to consolidate his southern border, he repopulates the city of Zamora with some of his Cantabrian (montañeses) subjects.
- Construction on the Liaodi Pagoda in Hebei is complete, the tallest pagoda in Chinese history standing at a height of 84 m (275 ft) tall.
- April 13 – Pope Victor II succeeds Pope Leo IX as the 153rd pope.
- King Andrew I of Hungary establishes the Benedictine Tihany Abbey. Its foundation charter is the earliest written record extant in the Hungarian language.
- Anselm leaves Italy.
- Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, becomes King of Germany.
- Ottokar, Count of Steyr, becomes Margrave of the Karantanian March, later known as Styria.
- The Pagoda of Fugong Temple of Shanxi in northern China is built during the Liao Dynasty. Work begins on the Pizhi Pagoda of Lingyan Temple, Shandong, China, under the opposing Song Dynasty.
- The Muslims expel 300 Christians from Jerusalem, and European Christians are forbidden to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
- Macedonian dynasty ends in Byzantine Empire.
- King Anawrahta of Burma captures Thanton in northern Thailand, strengthening Theravada Buddhism in the country.
- King Macbeth of Scotland is killed in battle against Malcolm III of Scotland. He is succeeded as King of Scotland by his stepson Lulach.
- William the Conqueror defeats a Franco-Angevin army at the mouth of the Dives River, Normandy in the Battle of Varaville.
- Ferdinand I of Castile takes Lamego and Viseu from Christian lords allied to the Muslim taifas.
- August 2 – Pope Stephen IX (sometimes referred to as Stephen X) succeeds Pope Victor II as the 154th pope.
- Reting Monastery is established by Dromtönpa north of Lhasa, as the seat of the Kadampa lineage.
- Early – Pope Stephen IX pronounces on the authenticity of the relics of Mary Magdalene at Vézelay Abbey in France, making it a major centre of pilgrimage.
- March 17 – King Lulach of Scotland is killed in battle against his cousin and rival Máel Coluim mac Donnchada, who later becomes King as Máel Coluim III.
- September 20 – Agnes de Poitou and Andrew I of Hungary met to negotiate about the border-zone in present-day Burgenland.
- Antipope Benedict X is crowned pope, but later deposed.
- Pope Nicholas II is elected pope in December and installed in the following year.
- Boleslaus II takes office as duke of Poland.
- Construction begins on the Cathedral of Parma, Italy.
- Ealdred (archbishop of York) becomes the first English bishop to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
- The Almoravids conquer the Berghouata.
- January 24 – Pope Nicholas II succeeds Pope Stephen IX as the 155th Pope, installed in Rome in opposition to Antipope Benedict X.
- April 13 – Pope Nicholas II, with the agreement of the Lateran Council, issues the papal bull In nomine Domini making the College of Cardinals the sole voters in the papal conclave for the election of popes.
- August – Robert Guiscard signs the Treaty of Melfi with Pope Nicholas II.
- November 22 – Isaac I Komnenos resigns as Byzantine Emperor, appointing Constantine Ducas as his successor.
- Muhammad bin Dawud, known as Alp Arslan, succeeds his father Chaghri Beg as governor of Khorasan.
- Peter Krešimir IV is crowned King of Croatia and Dalmatia.
- Gilbert Meynier (2010) L'Algérie cœur du Maghreb classique. De l'ouverture islamo-arabe au repli (658-1518). Paris: La Découverte; pp.53.
- Journal of Astronomy, part 9, chapter 56 of Sung History (Sung Shih) first printing, 1340. facsimile on the frontispiece of Misner, Thorne, Wheeler Gravitation, 1973.
- Picard, Christophe (2000). Le Portugal musulman (VIIIe-XIIIe siècle. L'Occident d'al-Andalus sous domination islamique. Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose. p. 109. ISBN 2-7068-1398-9.